The Higher Education Institution COVID-19 Response Tool Kit (HEI-CR Tool Kit) has been designed as a standalone document that can be used by Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to identify potential areas of planning their academic continuity during the times of COVID-19 or disruptions of similar nature.
The HEI-CR Tool Kit has been created for universities, colleges, and standalone academic institutions. Nothing suggested here may be fully applicable in a specific context. The scenarios covered are generic and we hope that each HEI will be able to find something suitable to its specific context and needs. This Tool Kit is based on the understanding that the HEIs worldwide are structured along similar lines and carry out a similar range of activities (i.e. teaching, research, and community work), though with varying degrees of focus and effect.
The goal of this document is to minimise the probability of missing key aspects of academic planning and continuity. There is high uncertainty owing to COVID-19. The continuity of activities at HEIs is critical but any action plan has to take into consideration the context specific factors and may need to be executed in different formats. At a given point, this document hopes to serve as a checklist so that HEIs do not miss taking decisions on crucial aspects of operations and can coordinate effectively and effiently to carry out their tasks concerning academic affairs during and post COVID-19.